AGRANA is an internationally oriented Austrian company which adds value to agricultural commodities to produce a wide range of industrial products for the processing sector. With around 8,600 personnel based at 53 production facilities located around the world, AGRANA maintains a global presence and generates consolidated revenues of almost € 2,5 billion. In its three business segments, Sugar, Starch and Fruit, AGRANA supplies local producers and large international players, particularly those in the food processing industry.

AGRANA Starch GmbH operates a total of five starch mills and is specialized in processing and refining of top-quality agricultural raw materials such as corn, wheat and potatoes to create a variety of different, highly refined starch products. Through close cooperation with its customers and the development of tailor-made solutions, the company has continually expanded its Starch business and thus ensured its economic success.

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The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a key role in Europe as the RTO focusing on the key infrastructure topics of the future. AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of Energy, Mobility Systems, Health & Bioresources, Low-Emission Transport, Vision, Automation & Control, and Technology Experience. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in the area of Innovation Systems & Policy. As a national and international network node at the interface of science and industry AIT enables innovation through its scientific-technological expertise, market experience, tight customer relationships and high quality research infrastructure.

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Bitzer is one of the world’s leading companies in manufacturing reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors and pressure vessels for the use in refrigeration and air conditioning solutions to be used on buses, trains and in buildings. The company operates more than 40 subsidiaries on five continents and, as of 2016, has approximately 3,400 employees worldwide. In 2016, the company, which is headquartered in Sindelfingen, Germany, earned sales of €680 million.

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Chemours is a global leader in fluoroproducts, titanium technologies and chemical solutions. The company was founded in 2015 as spin-off from DuPont, and can draw upon 200 years of experience in the chemical business. Amongst others, Chemours is developing novel refrigerants for advanced waste heat recovery technologies which facilitate the utilization of waste heat from higher temperatures than state of the art solutions. As of December 31, 2016, Chemours operates 26 production facilities located in 10 countries, and earned net sales of 5.4 billion.

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EHPA promotes awareness and deployment of heat pump technology in Europe. All activities aim at creating a market environment that facilitates a faster deployment of heat pump technology to unleash its benefits on a European level: efficient heating and cooling using renewable energy. EHPA also coordinates the Heat Pump Keymark – a European certification scheme for all heat pumps, combination heat pumps and hot water heater.

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EPCON is an expert in mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) evaporation technology and supplier of energy efficient evaporation plants for product concentration and wastewater treatment with roots back in the Norwegian dairy industry. EPCON is delivering MVR systems to the biogas, industrial wastewater, bio-marine and food industry for heat pumping, heat recovery and evaporation applications.

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FUCHS, the world’s largest independent lubricant manufacturer, has been supplying superior products and services for numerous market sectors for more than 85 years. Expertise exists in all automotive and industrial applications in addition to specialist sectors such as pharmaceuticals and wire rope. The FUCHS group is headquartered in Germany, operates about 60 companies worldwide and is an employer to 5,000 people.

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Rotrex A/S is a technology driven company focused on providing leading solutions for the forced induction systems market. The patented traction drive enables the Rotrex centrifugal supercharger to achieve superior efficiency, reduced emissions, and improved transient response. This allows smaller size, lower noise and less weight than that of competing products for applications within downsized engines, hybrid powertrains, fuel cell applications, performance vehicles and a multitude of additional applications.

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RTDS is a non-profit association and SME supporting the full “research to market” process of successful EU funded collaborative projects. The RTDS Association is based in Vienna and was set up for the non-technical implementation of Research and Technological Development (RTD) projects, i.e. administration, dissemination, communication and exploitation management.

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Scanship, an innovative SME based in Norway with subsidiary offices in USA and Poland producing advanced wastewater purification and waste management systems for ferries, cruise ships, disaster relief and merchant shipping, as well as land-based waste management systems. Scanship is a cruise industry leader in advanced wastewater purification, and every second cruise ship delivered to the market in the period between 2014 and 2020 is equipped with the Scanship Advanced Wastewater Purification system (AWP).

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SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Over the last 60 years, SINTEF has created value and innovation through knowledge generation and development of technological solutions that are brought into practical use. Today, SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences.

SINTEF Energy Research is an independent academic level applied research institute that offers front edge research knowledge within the energy area. It has a leading national position as an RTD provider in energy efficiency, energy processes, refrigeration and heat pumping technologies, gas technology, thermo- and fluid dynamics, as well as combustion and thermo-chemical conversion processes.

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Viking Heat Engines AS is an innovative technology company from Norway. Together with AVL, one of the world’s leading engine design companies, it has developed two novel products for the renewable energy sector: the CraftEngine, an ORC heat engine that turns waste heat into electricity, and the HeatBooster, an industrial high-temperature heat pump, that provides heat at temperatures up to 160 °C. At the heart of the HeatBooster is a patented piston compressor specially developed for high temperatures. The compressor can easily be integrated into any heat pump system and operates on all common refrigerants, including the more environmentally friendly HFOs.

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Wienerberger is the world’s largest producer of bricks and number one in the clay roof tiles market in Europe. The Austrian-based multinational incorporated in 1869 also holds leading positions in concrete pavers in CEE and pipe systems in Europe. The company operates 203 production sites in 30 countries in Europe, North America, and India, employs approx. 15,000 staff worldwide and generated in 2016 revenues of €2,974 million.

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With 8 years of R&D, design and engineering experience, Heaten believes that heat pumps will play a critical role in providing heating energy for industry.

Their pioneering very high-temperature heat pump technology provides safe, reliable, competitive and sustainable/heating energy. The company believes that integrated digitalisation of technology and business operations provide superior value to customers.

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